Department of Labor should protect child farm workers from excessive heat exposure
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should institute protections from extreme heat exposure for child farmworkers under the age of 16, Public Citizen said in comments sent today to the agency’s Wage and Hour Division. The division called for public comment on proposed, wide-ranging changes to the existing regulations governing child labor protections in agriculture, the first such changes in 40 years. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could protect workers of all ages from heat exposure but to date has refused to develop such a rule.
Detasselers worried about new child labor rules
The first proposed changes to federal child labor laws involving agriculture since the 1970s could threaten the summer detasseling jobs of thousands of Nebraska teenagers in cornfields. As the end of a public comment period approaches Thursday, people who have hired youthful crews in eastern Nebraska, in some cases for decades, are stepping forward with concerns about the potential effect on those under age 16.
US Labor Department files complaint against Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. for sex discrimination at Minnesota manufacturing plant
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is suing federal contractor Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary. In an administrative complaint filed today with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, OFCCP asserts that the companies systematically discriminated against more than 200 women who applied for entry-level positions at Lund’s boat manufacturing plant in New York Mills, Minn.
OSHA issues new National Emphasis Program for chemical facilities
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) for chemical facilities to protect workers from catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals. The program establishes policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces that are covered by OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) standard.
MSHA puts 8 mines on notice for potential patterns of violations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that eight mines around the country have received letters putting them on notice that each has a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards under Section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The PPOV screening from which these letters resulted represents the second since MSHA established the current criteria and procedures in September 2010.
“Green” construction workers may face additional safety risks
It’s not easy being green – and it might not necessarily be safer for construction crews building environmentally friendly projects, either. According to new research, these workers suffer more falls than workers on traditional projects; are exposed to new, high-risk tasks; incur more lacerations, strains and sprains; and more.
AHF’s Weinstein: Condoms could be mandatory by Christmas
Perhaps the most important point for the adult industry, aside from the announcement that AHF had apparently collected more than enough signatures to put its mandatory-condom initiative on the ballot in June, was the claim by AHF president Michael Weinstein that if city clerks, doing a random check of petition signatures, find that the initiative has qualified for the June ballot, that enacting an ordinance needn’t wait for voter approval. “At that point [after the signatures have been checked], the city council will have 20 days to enact the ordinance as is, or else it will go to the June ballot,” Weinstein said.
Employer will plead guilty in deaths of 5 workers at power plant
A company criminally charged in the deaths of five employees at a power plant near Georgetown will likely plead guilty, attorneys revealed Wednesday. RPI Coating Inc. would plead guilty to five misdemeanor counts of workplace-safety violations resulting in death as part of the proposed plea deal, assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Peña said during a court hearing. The RPI workers died in 2007 after a fire broke out inside a large pipe at Xcel Energy’s Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant. The men were resealing the inside of the pipe at the time.
NY rehab center agrees to improve employee safety
An upstate New York residential substance abuse treatment center has agreed to pay more than $17,000 in federal fines for workplace safety violations stemming from the fatal stabbing of a security guard and the wounding of a nurse. The U.S. Department of Labor says Wednesday that The Renaissance Project in Ellenville in Ulster County has also agreed to take steps to protect its employees against workplace violence.
Hospital workers get lesson in risks
Lisa Black was working the night shift on Oct. 18, 1997, in a small Nevada hospital, caring for a patient with advanced AIDS, when the unthinkable happened. Black was flushing the patient’s IV when he became startled and jerked his arms, causing Black to flip the needle into her left palm. Black, then 27, squeezed out as much blood from the wound as possible, scrubbed her hands and immediately went to the emergency room. She started a post-HIV exposure regimen of medications within two hours of the injury and tested negative for HIV for six months afterward. But in July 1998, Black was diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C.